SORTIE REPORT
MISSION DATA:
DATE 384th BG Mission # 8th AF Mission # 384th PRIMARY TARGET
1943‑10‑14 32 115 Target: Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
"Second Schweinfurt" aka "Black Thursday": The 384th Bombardment Group (H) put up three squadrons on today's mission. However, six aircraft aborted, reducing the number that bombed the primary target. A further six aircraft were knocked out by enemy action. An all-too-familiar situation faced the returning crews - bad weather over East Anglia. Three Aircraft were lost when the crews, unable to locate a suitable place to land in England, bailed out and abandoned them, while most of the remainder landed at other airfields.
SORTIE DATA:
COMBAT CREDIT STATUS TARGET ATTACKED (MODE)
Yes Crashed
Comments: Crew bailed out over England; aircraft crashed near Chetwode, UK on return.
N/A
- SORTIE AIRCRAFT DATA:
TYPE SERIAL NUMBER SQ CODE NAME
B-17F 42-5852 SO*T THE NATURAL
- SORTIE CREW DATA:
POSITION CREWMEMBER UNIT STATUS
Pilot Goulder, Edmund Samuel 547 Bailed Out Over England
Co-pilot Boyce, Ernest Marshall, Jr 546 Bailed Out Over England
Navigator Schwartz, Julius Sol 546 Bailed Out Over England
Togglier Vodilko, Michael Joseph 547 Bailed Out Over England
Radio Operator Sears, William Francis 547 Bailed Out Over England
Engineer/Top Turret Thomasson, Edward Arthmur 547 Bailed Out Over England
Ball Turret Leslie, Claude Robert 547 Bailed Out Over England
Tail Gunner Seager, Francis Marvin 547 Bailed Out Over England
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Saunders, Paul Ralph 547 Bailed Out Over England
Waist (Flexible) Gunner Wilson, Stanley Sylvester 547 Bailed Out Over England
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